"Four inventions ago, when we got interested in learning how we could patent our first invention, we contacted Mr. Vern Maine, founder of Vern Maine & Associates, who donated his time to help us file our first provisional patent. Now we're filing our first utility patent which will protect our latest invention, the SMARTwheel anti-driver-texting device, for twenty years, again with Mr. Maine's generous help," said TJ Evarts, 15.

Vern Maine & Associates Sponsors Scholarship Award


[Londonderry News, Dec 12th 2010] The Inventioneers, the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) World Champions, presented their Inventioneers Big Idea Patent Scholarship at the NH State FLL Tournament on Saturday, December 4th at Central High School in Manchester. FIRST LEGO League, a science and technology program founded by Dean Kamen, encourages teams from around the world to invent real world solutions to real world problems.


The Inventioneers, who have held four provisional patents on their inventions and have just applied for their first U.S. utility patent, have partnered with the Nashua intellectual property law firm Vern Maine & Associates for this scholarship. The law firm has donated its services to help the winning team prepare a provisional patent, which will provide patent protection of the team's invention for one year.





Inventioneers (Left to right): Bryeton Evarts, Paige Balcom, Kate Balcom, Emily Balcom, Jaiden Evarts, award sponsor Vern Maine, and Tristan "TJ" Evarts; front: Lego Mind Freaks, scholarship award winners.



This award is the first of its kind in the FLL program and was the brainchild of the Inventioneers, Tristan, Jaiden, and Bryeton Evarts and Paige, Emily and Kate Balcom, all hailing from Londonderry, NH.


The Inventioneers Big Idea Patent Scholarship, valued at $3,000, was awarded by the Inventioneers and Vern Maine & Associates to the Manchester based Lego Mind Freaks for their heart attack alert device. "We are committed to paying it forward and plan to expand the patent scholarship program and take it nationwide," said Paige Balcom, 16.


For more information about the Inventioneers Big Idea Patent Scholarship or to find out more about kids patenting their inventions, contact the Inventioneers at TheInventioneers(at)yahoo.com.


Vern Maine & Associates
547 Amherst Street - 3rd Floor
Nashua, NH 03063-4000






"We wanted to pave the way for another FLL team to patent an invention. Creating the Inventioneers Big Idea Patent Scholarship was the best way we could think of to do that. Mr. Maine, because of his firm's commitment to encouraging young inventors to learn about intellectual property, stepped in to provide pro bono services once again," added Jaiden Evarts, 13.